It is not unusual in football to see a player being loaned out and get a recall from a loan stint, as this happened with when Mamelodi Sundowns loaned out Percy Tau to Witbank Spurs in 2016.
At the time, coach Pitso Mosimane said he wanted Tau to improve and get regular game time and as they say, the rest is history as Tau went on to win the Caf Champions League with the Brazilians.
Just this past weekend, Bidvest Wits’ Abednego Mosiatlhaga showed the country what a change of scenery can do to a football player.
The Clever Boys winger was loaned out to Stellenbosch FC in July last year, but Gavin Hunt has since recalled to Braamfontein for the remainder of the season.
Mosiatlhaga terrorised Cape Town City’s defence last weekend in their Premier Soccer League clash at Athlone Stadium, grabbing an assist for Lehlohonolo Majoro’s first goal on the night.
Hunt praised the 23-year-old after handing him a start while also poking fun at the player's inability to find the right ball in the box at times.
“He’s got a little bit of magic and hopefully he is one for the future for us‚” Hunt told the media.
“He’s in the Champions League squad as well and hopefully he will play in that competition‚ which will be good for him,” revealed the manager.
The Students mentor said his thinking behind the winger’s recall was based on injuries to a number of his wide players such as the experienced duo of Elias Pelembe and Daine Klate.
“I think he has got something we are going to need going forward,” added the coach.
"He played two years ago for us and maybe it was too early‚ maybe it was my fault but I like to bring the kids in early. But I think he’s got something,” said Hunt.
“His final ball was still poor (against City)‚ he went past the full-back four times in the first half. When you are a right-sided player you have got to deliver better there,” concluded the 53-year-old.